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Hunters should always check for a safe backstop before shooting.

  • Make sure the backstop is:
    • Solid enough to capture fired bullets and…
    • Constructed of a material that will not let the projectile ricochet.
  • Remember that projectiles can travel for long distances. Here are some examples.
    • A .22-caliber bullet can travel over 1½ miles.
    • A centerfire bullet can travel several miles.
    • Small shot can travel 200–350 yards.
    • Larger shot can travel over 600 yards.
    • Slugs can travel over 800 yards.
Hunter aiming at unsafe target
Be sure of the target and what is in front of it and beyond it. Making sure you have a safe backstop helps ensure that the projectile cannot hit an unintended target. If you cannot see what lies beyond the target, do not take the shot.